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Novelist Amir Ahmadi Arian to read at UVa

The University of Virginia Creative Writing Program will present a reading by author Amir Ahmadi Arian at 5 p.m. March 14 in Newcomb Hall’s Commonwealth Room as part of his time as Rea Visiting Writer in Fiction.

Arian has published two novels, a collection of stories and a nonfiction book in Persian. His first novel in English, “Then the Fish Swallowed Him,” was published in 2020 by HarperVia/HarperCollins.

Arian also has translated works from English to Persian, including novels by E.L. Doctorow, Paul Auster, P.D. James and Cormac McCarthy.

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library and Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP have teamed up to encourage students to consider professional library work as a career choice by offering a library internship and scholarship program for students in Charlottesville and Albemarle, Greene, Louisa and Nelson counties. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. April 19.

Students in the program can find 200 annual hours of library work and a $3,000 stipend. An annual $2,000 scholarship can go toward the completion of an associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Candidates must be at least 17 or entering 12th grade to apply. Application forms can be found at

Paper and electronic applications will be accepted; they must include a completed form, a 300-word essay, transcripts showing completed high school courses and grade-point average and a resume listing work, volunteer and extracurricular experience.

High school students must include a letter of college acceptance or a letter from a high school counselor verifying the applicant’s intention to attend college. Letters of reference from two people who are not family members who are familiar with the applicant’s academic and/or work background are required as well.

The award will be announced on or before May 24. For information, email David Plunkett, library director, at; write to him at 201 E. Market St., Charlottesville, VA 22902; or write to Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP President, P.O. Box 1522, Charlottesville, VA 22903.

The Library of Virginia Foundation has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Americana Corner Preserving America Grant Program to support its project to conserve and digitize the executive papers of Thomas Nelson, who was elected Virginia’s fourth governor in 1781.

The project is focusing on 2,048 documents from Nelson’s short term from June 12 to Nov. 22, 1781. They include correspondence related mainly to the Revolutionary War, including letters from George Washington, the Marqis de Lafayette and Nathanael Greene. The Library of Virginia is one of 121 organizations across the country receiving more than $1.4 million in grant funding for 2024.

Nelson County is named for him, as is Nelson County in Kentucky.


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